The Mountain States Eventing Association, Central Colorado Chapter (MSEA-CCC) has a vision for continuous improvement for Spring Gulch Horse Trials, a beloved Area IX event held bi-annually in Littleton, Colorado.
Spring Gulch has appointed a new organizer and cross-country course designer in Andy Bowles, an FEI 2* course designer, FEI 3* Technical Delegate, and organizer of Virginia Horse Trials. His experience in many facets of the sport will provide Spring Gulch with guidance and support as positive changes to the competition are pursued.
“Myself and the team at Spring Gulch are committed to making this competition the best it has ever been. We are focused on our clients and meeting their needs,” Bowles said.
This year, competitors can look forward to a totally revised cross-country track designed by Bowles, which will now take place in a different area of the property. The course features a newly constructed water complex. Measuring 80' x 80', the new water will be able to be jumped from many approaches, providing the ability to have appropriate questions for all levels.
“To relocate all of the cross-country to the far side of the gulch required a new water jump, something I was told by some locals would not be allowed given the constraints on the property. The board and I just saw this as a challenge, which was met, and the new water jump was built in December,” Bowles said.
In addition to a fresh cross-country experience, competitors will enjoy newly painted fences, an enlarged parking area, and stabling accommodations organized by Spring Gulch at the nearby Colorado Horse Park.
Mark your calendars! The 2019 Spring Gulch Horse Trials takes place May 18-19 and August 10-11. Levels offered are Introductory through Preliminary.
More information is available on the MSEA-CCC website. You can also find Spring Gulch Horse Trials on Facebook.
By this time I am sure that you have received the news that the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC) has been canceled. I sincerely apologize for the difficulty this has caused everyone involved. I want to commend the USEA Board of Governors for making an extremely hard decision.
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